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By   •   September 2, 2008

Q:

I have asked God to give me the Holy Spirit, but how can I be sure He has? Maybe I don't understand why God promised to give the Holy Spirit to us.


A:

One of the Bible’s greatest truths is that when we come to Christ and commit our lives to Him, He comes to live within us by His Holy Spirit. In fact, the Bible warns, “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ” (Romans 8:9). If you know Jesus, the Holy Spirit already lives within you — whether you feel His presence or not.

Why has He been given? The Bible gives several reasons — but behind them all is our need for God’s help. The Holy Spirit, the Bible says, “helps us in our weakness” (Romans 8:26). He convicts us of sin, He opens our eyes to God’s truth, He grants us spiritual gifts, He counsels and guides us — all these and more would be impossible without His help.

Never forget that the Holy Spirit isn’t an impersonal force or power (like electricity or gravity); He is God. Think of it: God Himself now dwells within you if you know Christ! Jesus said, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever — the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16-17). Because He lives within us, we can ask God to help us in our times of need, and to give us the courage and strength to live as we should.

Don’t try to live the Christian life in your own strength; if you do, you will only fail. Instead, trust the Holy Spirit to give you the wisdom and strength you need.

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11 Comments

  1. Monica says:

    I want to get to know God more and have a personal intimate relationship with him. I want to prove to the world he exists…

  2. Edward Lominec says:

    Jesus is my Lord and saver and I was baptized in2013. I had a hard time believing the the Spirit was in me because of my past. If the Spirit was not in me I will be a very eval
    Man. But now my life is like night and day. GOD SAVED ME. I just wish I can do more to pleas him and do his will. Maybe the time is coming idk but I’m looking. Thank you my Father.

  3. Sam Shepherd says:

    I am 67 years old and have had anxiety off and on ever since the 1980′s I am a little confused about having the holy spirit in me . I love Jesus very much before and after serving in Vietnam but I have a hard time understanding how to be happy while still having to suffer anxiety and at times it is better but then something else holds on to me that causes me to worry about my health which causes me more anxiety. The Lord has been good to me and to suffer is a blessing but getting older makes it harder for me then I feel unworthy because I complain about too much suffering. I just want to pleasethe Lord. Thank you so much. Sam Shepherd

    1. Dana Holland says:

      Sam Shepherd I am praying in the name of Jesus that right not the Father will right now under the authority of Heaven grant you peace in you heart. Please read the scripture 1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
      7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you
      Oh Brother, God loves you you are his beloved that is a lot of love and He cares for you trust Him tell Jesus all about your anxieties then leave them at His feet. I love you!!!

  4. Lynnet Mideva says:

    I adore you Holy Spirit for the rest of my life.

  5. Michael says:

    I believe in Jesus Christ, as my Lord and Savior. Thank you Holy Spirit for always being with me even when I was aware of it. Thank you.

  6. Emmanuel Anike says:

    I believe In God, That He will dwell in Me forever Amen. Thanks

  7. Susan says:

    I have heard it said that the holy spirit is the one who sends our prayers to God. Is this true?

    1. Esmeralda Trujillo says:

      Yes its true

  8. sheila Delali Bleboo says:

    LORD I THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.

  9. Michael Langston says:

    Thank You. God Bless You All.